GLENDALE -- The drought is over for Coyotes captain Shane Doan.
With 2:28 left in the third period on Wednesday night, Doan scored his 18th goal of the season and his first since Jan. 31 to help the Coyotes defeat the Nashville Predators, 5-2, in front a sellout crowd at Jobing.com Arena. It wasn't pretty - just a simple goal scored off a rebound from in close - but after two-plus months it will do just fine.
Doan credits defenseman Keith Yandle with helping him get "the monkey off his back.”
“Yands said he saw it running, or he grabbed it and threw it off, one of the two,” Doan said. “He was helping me out and having a little fun with it. I obviously needed to get one.”
Doan is hopeful the game will come to him a bit easier now that the scoring drought has been broken.
“It was getting to be an awful long time, and it was big to get one," Doan said. "When you’re not scoring things seem to be a bit harder. Hopefully things will be a bit easier for me.”
Doan needs to score two more goals in the final two games to reach 20 for the season. If he doesn't, it will be the first season he has played since 1998-99 that he has not scored at least 20 goals.
Doan said that breaking out of his scoring slump is just a part of the team’s overall effort to continue to improve before heading into the postseason.
“We've got little areas that we have to improve, Doan said. "I think that’s our focus right now. We've got to be better than we were tonight. We've got to get back to where we control a game from start to finish, all 60 minutes."